21 de diciembre de 2016

16 de diciembre de 2016

28 de noviembre de 2016

Títulos leídos en noviembre de 2016

- Bandini, John Fante
- Un padre extranjero, Eduardo Berti
- Vida y muerte de Sophie Stark, Anna North
- Cómo ser mujer, Caitlin Moran
- Lancha rápida, Renata Adler
- Petronille, Amelie Nothomb
- El año del pensamiento mágico, Joan Didion
- Sabotaje amoroso, Amelie Nothomb
- Casa de verano con piscina, Herman Koch
- Hurra, Ben Brooks

31 de octubre de 2016

Títulos leídos en octubre de 2016

- Sudor, Fuguet
- Lo que tengo que contarte, Julia Montejo
- Estimado Sr. M, Herman Koch
- Sobre Grace, Anthony Doerr
- La luz que no puedes ver, Anthony Doerr
- Falcó, Pérez-Reverte
- Una nueva felicidad, Curro Cañete
- Mama,Jorge Fernández Díaz
- La mujer helada, Sinclair
- Demian, Hesse



4 de octubre de 2016

Presentación de Falcó en Barcelona

PRESENTACIÓN DE FALCÓ EN BARCELONA

28 de Octubre: Presentación de Falco de Arturo Pérez Reverte en Casa del libro. Rambla Catalunya, 37 - Barcelona.
En conversación con el escritor y periodista Sergio Vila-SanJuan

Hora de inicio: 19:00.

Títulos leídos en septiembre de 2016

- H. de Halcón, Helen McDonald
- Oscuridad total, Renata Adler
- De todo lo perdido y lo encontrado, Lucy Foley
- Yo sé por qué canta el pájaro enjaulado, Maya Angelou
- El templo de Sabbath, Roth
- Maribel Verdú, Nuria Vidal
- Qué pequeño es el mundo, Martin Suter


9 de septiembre de 2016

FALCÓ. Nueva novela de Arturo Pérez-Reverte, a la venta el 19 de octubre

Arturo Pérez-Reverte vuelve a "las andadas". Publica nueva novela el 19 de octubre con Alfaguara: FALCÓ, una historia de espías y suspense en la Europa de los años 30

Si bien esta "declaración de intenciones" con la que el autor nos sacude en el titular que ha publicado en Zenda nos puede recordar las célebres novelas de espionaje de Alan Furst, sólo queda esperar poco más de un mes para conocer esta nueva vuelta de tuerca que el autor da a su carrera literaria (recordemos que ha abordado con éxito bastantes géneros literarios).




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31 de agosto de 2016

Clío Historia- diciembre 2015

Revista Interviu- 10 de julio de 2016

Títulos leidos en agosto de 2016

- El sistema, Menéndez Salmón
- Momentos estelares de la humanidad, Zweig
- Todas las historias, Enric González
- Instrumental, James Rhodes
- El castillo de cristal, Jeannette Walls
- Y tú no regresaste, Marceline Loridan-Ivens
- La víspera de casi todo, Víctor del Árbol
- La última salida, Federico Axat
- Algún día este dolor te será útil, Peter Cameron
- El ruiseñor, Kristin Hannah
- Para que no te pierdas en el barrio, Patrick Modiano

28 de julio de 2016

Títulos leídos en julio de 2016

- La tierra que pisamos, Jesús Carrascosa
- Suave caricia, William Boyd
- Vidas de santos, Antonio Lucas
- Los detectives salvajes, Bolaño
- Qué fue de Sophie Wilder, Christopher R. Beha
- Intemperie, Jesús Carrasco
- Mi maravillosa librería, Petra Hartlieb
- Queremos que vuelvan,Miguel Santamarina

30 de junio de 2016

"Hombres buenos" en AU Agenda Urbana (junio 2016)

El Sol, 10 de junio

Títulos leídos en junio de 2016

- La vida soñada de Rachel Waring, Stephen Benatar
- La comadrona, Katja Kettu
- Irse a Madrid, Manuel Jabois
- Leer mejor para escribir mejor, María Antonia de Miquel
- El oficio, Philip Roth
- Los interesantes, Meg Wolitzer
- Mi romance, Gordon Lish
- La señorita Julia, Strindberg
- Guerreros urbanos, Jeosm y Pérez-Reverte

27 de junio de 2016

Fechas de la gira EL PINTOR DE BATALLAS en teatros

FECHAS:

Fechas confirmadas de la gira de EL PINTOR DE BATALLAS en Valladolid, Aranda, Córdoba, Toledo, Murcia, Logroño, Valencia, Bizkaia, Avilés, Pamplona, Albacete, Águilas, Palencia y Madrid

OCTUBRE

7- 9 de octubre: Teatro Calderón (Valladolid)
- 7.10.2016 Viernes, 20.30h (A)
- 8.10.2016 Sábado, 20.30h (B)
- 9.10.2016 Domingo, 19.30h (C)

14 de octubre: Aranda
Entradas

22 de octubre, 20.30h: Gran Teatro de Córdoba

24 y 25 de octubre, 20h: Segovia: La Cárcel, centro de creación.

Venta anticipada en www.turismodesegovia.com y en el Centro de Recepción de Visitantes de la Oficina de Turismo. En las taquillas de La Cárcel_Segovia Centro de Creación, una hora antes de la representación.


NOVIEMBRE


5 de noviembre: Teatro Circo (Albacete)

12 de noviembre: Serantes Kultur Aretoa (Santurtzi, Bizkaia)

19 de noviembre: Teatro de Rojas (Toledo)

26 de noviembre, 21h: Teatro Romea (Murcia)


DICIEMBRE


3 de diciembre, 20.30h: Teatro Bretón (Logroño)

9 de diciembre, 20.30h: Auditori Torrent (Valencia)

10 de diciembre: Auditorio y Palacio de Congresos Infanta Doña Elena (Águilas, Murcia)

15 de diciembre: Teatro Principal (Palencia)
Próximamente entradas aquí

17 de diciembre: Centro Niemeyer (Avilés)

18 de diciembre: Teatro Gayarre (Pamplona)



Teatros del Canal (Madrid). Del 22 de marzo al 16 de abril:
- 22/03/2017 - 16/04/2017

"What we become"- The bookbinder's daughter

Review: What We Become by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
I received an advanced review copy of this title from Atria books via NetGalley. The book was published in the original Spanish in 2010 and this English version has been translated by Nick Caistor and Lorena Garcia.

My Review:
What We BecomeMax Costa is a scoundrel and a thief but you wouldn’t know it from his refined manner and elegant clothes. We first meet him in 1928 on board the Cap Polonio, a transatlantic luxury liner bound for Buenos Aires. Max is a professional ballroom dancer on the ship and he entertains the unaccompanied young women with his tangos and fox trots. But his work as a ballroom dancer is just a cover for his real profession which his stealing from his rich dance partners. The narrative takes place between 1928 and 1966 and alternates between three distinct periods of time during which Max meets a woman whom he cannot forget.

On board the ship Max meets an intriguing Spanish couple; the husband is a world-famous composer, Armando de Troeye and his younger, gorgeous, and elegant wife Mecha Inzunza de Troeye. What draws Max to the couple at first is a very expensive pair of pearls that the wife wears which Max believes he can easily steal and make a large profit for little effort. Mecha is an excellent dancer and she is particularly skillful at the Tango, for which dance her husband has in mind to compose a new piece. Armando likes to watch while Mecha dances often with Max and this builds up the sexual tension between the dance partners.

Once they land in Buenos Aires Max, who lived in that city until he was fourteen, serves as their tour guides to all of the local dance pubs. Armando wants to know the origins of the Tango, which is not the same Tango that is performed among the European gentry. Their time in Buenos Aires is fraught with danger and tension as they go to some of the seediest places in the city. Max and Mecha also begin a passionate love affair, but their relationship, if one can call it that, is not at all what I expected. This is not a clandestine affair that is hidden from Mecha’s husband but, on the contrary, he encourages her to seduce Max and he even watches them while they make love.

Max gets his hands on Mecha’s pearls and disappears. When he next meets up with Mecha it is almost ten years later in Nice, where he has lived comfortably as a gentleman off of his ill-gotten earnings. This is one of the most exciting parts of the book because Max is asked by spies for both the Italian and Spanish governments to steal some sensitive documents from the home of a rich, society woman. Max fits in perfectly with the European gentry so he has the perfect cover to case the house and come up with a plan that involves breaking into a house and safe cracking.

During his stint as a secret agent he, once again, runs into Mecha who is living in Nice alone because her husband has been arrested among the chaos of the Spanish Civil War. The theft of the pearl necklace is all but forgotten as Mecha and Max rekindle their sexual relationship. They are drawn to each other and their physical relationship is intense, passionate and sometimes even boarders on the violent.

After Max completes his mission he must flee Nice for fear of being arrested and his farewell to Mecha this time is emotionally difficult for both of them. It is evident that the have deep feelings for each other and saying goodbye is difficult not something that they want to do. When Max meets Mecha, almost thirty years later in Sorrento, he can’t stay away from her this time either. Max is now sixty-four years old and has retired from his dangerous career as a thief. He lives a quiet life as a chauffeur for a Swiss doctor. Mecha is in town because her son, Jorge Keller, is competing in a national chess competition and Max decides to check into her hotel so he can reminisce about his younger, more exciting days.

The last part of the book also has a bit of a mystery which involves Jorge’s Russian chess opponent. There is cheating and spying going on and Mecha asks Max to help her son plot against the Russians. Max is very reluctant to get involved in international affairs, even if it is just chess, because he doesn’t want to jeopardize his now stable and quiet life. But Mecha has a secret weapon that convinces Max to come out of retirement and use his thieving skills against the Russians.

This book is full of mystery and suspense with multiple plot lines woven throughout. My problem with the book is that some scenes were so suspenseful and interesting and then others were boring and superfluous to the plot. A few scenes could have been edited to make the plot even stronger. Also, the relationship of Max and Mecha isn’t fully developed until about two-thirds of the way into the story. At first their relationship is purely physical and I would have been more interested to see the emotional side of these two characters laid out much earlier on in the plot.

Overall this was an interesting read full of mystery, passion, tango and chess. If you enjoy a good historical fiction set in the 20th century then I recommend giving this book a chance.

About the Author:
A ReverteSpanish novelist and ex-journalist. He worked as a war reporter for twenty-one years (1973 – 1994). He started his journalistic career writing for the now-defunct newspaper Pueblo. Then, he jumped to news reporter for TVE, Spanish national channel. As a war journalist he traveled to several countries, covering many conflicts. He put this experience into his book ‘Territorio Comanche’, focusing on the years of Bosnian massacres. That was in 1994, but his debut as a fiction writer started in 1983, with ‘El húsar’, a historical novella inspired in the Napoleonic era.

Although his debut was not quite successful, in 1988, with ‘The fencer master’, he put his name as a serious writer of historic novels. That was confirmed in 1996, when was published the first book of his Captain Alatriste saga, which has been his trademark. After this book, he could leave definitely journalism for focusing on his career as a fiction writer. This saga, that happens in the years of the Spanish golden age, has seen, for now, seven volumes, where Pérez-Reverte shows, from his particular point of view, historical events from Spanish history in the 16th century.

Apart from these, he also penned another successful works like Dumas Club and Flandes Panel, titles that, among others, made Pérez-Reverte one of the most famous and bestseller authors of Spanish fiction of our era.


https://thebookbindersdaughter.com/2016/06/17/review-what-we-become-by-arturo-perez-reverte/

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Reseña comparativa


Midge Raymond’s My Last Continent & Arturo Pérez-Reverte’s What We Become

Welcome to a special spotlight feature comparing and contrasting two newly released adult fiction titles: Midge Raymond’s debut novel My Last Continent and Arturo Pérez-Reverte’s What We Become.


My Last Continent by Midge Raymond
Source: ARC courtesy of Simon & Schuster Canada. Thank you!
Publication: June 21, 2016 by Scribner

An unforgettable debut with an irresistible love story, My Last Continent is a big-hearted, propulsive novel set against the dramatic Antarctic landscape.

It is only at the end of the world—among the glacial mountains, cleaving icebergs, and frigid waters of Antarctica—where Deb Gardner and Keller Sullivan feel at home. For the few blissful weeks they spend each year studying the habits of emperor and Adélie penguins, Deb and Keller can escape the frustrations and sorrows of their separate lives and find solace in their work and in each other. But Antarctica, like their fleeting romance, is tenuous, imperiled by the world to the north.

A new travel and research season has just begun, and Deb and Keller are ready to play tour guide to the passengers on the small expedition ship that ferries them to their research destination. But this year, Keller fails to appear on board. Then, shortly into the journey, Deb’s ship receives an emergency signal from the Australis, a cruise liner that has hit desperate trouble in the ice-choked waters of the Southern Ocean. Soon Deb’s role will change from researcher to rescuer; among the crew of that sinking ship, Deb learns, is Keller.

As Deb and Keller’s troubled histories collide with this catastrophic present, Midge Raymond’s phenomenal novel takes us on a voyage deep into the wonders of the Antarctic and the mysteries of the human heart. My Last Continent is packed with emotional intelligence and high stakes—a harrowing, searching novel of love and loss in one of the most remote places on earth, a land of harsh beauty where even the smallest missteps have tragic consequences.


What We Become by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
Source: ARC courtesy of Simon & Schuster Canada. Thank you!
Publication: June 7, 2016 by Atria Books

Bestselling author and Dagger Award winner Arturo Pérez-Reverte delivers an epic historical tale following the dangerous and passionate love affair between a beautiful high society woman and an elegant thief. A story of romance, adventure, and espionage, this novel solidifies Pérez-Reverte as an international literary giant.

En route from Lisbon to Buenos Aires in 1928, Max and Mecha meet aboard a luxurious transatlantic cruise ship. There Max teaches the stunning stranger and her erudite husband to dance the tango. A steamy affair ignites at sea and continues as the seedy decadence of Buenos Aires envelops the secret lovers.

Nice, 1937. Still drawn to one another a decade later, Max and Mecha rekindle their dalliance. In the wake of a perilous mission gone awry, Mecha looks after her charming paramour until a deadly encounter with a Spanish spy forces him to flee.

Sorrento, 1966. Max once again runs into trouble—and Mecha. She offers him temporary shelter from the KGB agents on his trail, but their undeniable attraction offers only a small glimmer of hope that their paths will ever cross again.

Arturo Pérez-Reverte is at his finest here, offering readers a bittersweet, richly rendered portrait of a powerful, forbidden love story that burns brightly over forty years, from the fervor of youth to the dawn of old age.



When looking at two similarly themed book covers, readers might not only wonder if the comparable images accurately reflect the stories to be found inside, but also if the stories themselves will be similar. With My Last Continent and What We Become, the two novels, superficially, look very much alike. From a glance at cover and blurb, it looks and sounds as though we have two novels about epic love, set against the backdrop of a grand ship and wild seas. But what lies here beyond the face of covers and story promises? Authors Midge Raymond and Arturo Pérez-Reverte have constructed detailed, consuming, tense and moving stories in My Last Continent and What We Become, respectively, bridging shared themes across locales and decades, while writing absolutely singular tales.

With both My Last Continent and What We Become, we have a relationship at the core of the story: in the former, we have Deb and Keller; the latter, we have Max and Mecha. In the novels, we have two couples who meet (by fate? by luck? by chance? by will?) time after time after time. With Deb and Keller, it is their draw- their intangible and savage pull- to the gorgeous and sometimes-deadly Antarctic, and their work with Adelie penguins that brings them together again and again. It is the place where they first meet and grow to depend on each others company. Circumstance are often beyond Deb’s and Keller’s control, however, and plans for meeting and making a life beyond their strangely safe haven of the Antarctic expedition ship and base are often foiled. With Max and Mecha, we have a slightly harder-to-define love: theirs is a sometimes destructive, often deceitful, and usually carnal love that spans over four decades, with decades between two crucial and unplanned run-ins. Meeting on a cruise ship, Max masquerading as a cruise ship dancer, Mecha there as wife of an older, eccentric wealthy composer, their relationship/courtship is arguably unhealthy…for Max, former soldier and beautiful, immaculately trained young man living as a thief, the stunning, peculiar and impeccable attired and jeweled Mecha is not only someone he wants but someone he wants to steal from.

At the ends of both My Last Continent and We We Become, one thing readers may wonder is whether or not greater time spent apart than together can actually allow for a real, intense, epic love to flourish. Can short but intense meetings of very independent-minded (often selfish) people over the course of time pave the way for a great love- or is it the memory of time and absence that makes things so? In any event, Raymond and Perez-Reverte do divert in how they ultimately present their couples in the last chapters of their novels, but one will likely come away considering how love and attachment can indeed show in so many forms. Without wanting to give away any spoilers here, I will say that choice and loss factor into endings of both My Last Continent and What We Become, but the authors do so in highly disparate and fascinating ways.

As a heady trip back into the opulence and glamour of the twentieth century, What We Become takes is honeyed time, but ends up hitting many great notes (and some surprising climaxes). While tending to be heavy on the rich detail of everything from cuts of fashion, to smells, to dance and locale, readers on the lookout for a glamorous, languid, and old-fashioned kind of read may just adore how Pérez-Reverte carefully and deliberately weaves Max and Mecha’s story in What We Become. Readers looking for an excellently written suspenseful contemporary title that touches upon everything from ecological concerns to thoughts about love and solitude, may do well to try out Midge Raymond’s stunning and impressive My Last Continent.


I received copies of My Last Continent and What We Become courtesy of Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review and for the purposes of this post. All opinions and comments are my own.

https://fabbookreviews.com/2016/06/25/spotlight-midge-raymonds-my-last-continent-arturo-perez-revertes-what-we-become/

"What we become"- Dallas News

Fiction: ‘What We Become,’ by Arturo Pérez-Reverte

By BEATRIZ TERRAZAS

Published: 17 June 2016 06:39 PM

Historical fiction and romance aren’t my favorite genres. But when a critically acclaimed Spanish author and winner of the International Dagger Award pens an epic love story between a “beautiful high-society woman and elegant thief,” I’m intrigued enough to open the book.

The story begins in 1928 on a trans-Atlantic cruise between Lisbon, Portugal, and Buenos Aires, Argentina; aboard are famous composer Armando de Troeye, who is traveling to Buenos Aires to compose a tango, and his wife, Mercedes “Mecha” Inzunza. (“Mecha” also being a word for “wick” or “match” in Spanish; I saw sparks every time Mecha was mentioned.) Also on board is Max Costa, a ballroom dancer whose job is “to entertain the unaccompanied ladies in first class or those whose companions did not dance.”

Though not born into high society himself, Max moves easily within it because of his good looks, his impeccable manners, his skill on the dance floor and his way with the opposite sex: “He always kept flawless rhythm on a dance floor, and off it his hands were steady and agile, his lips posed with the appropriate remark, the perfect, witty one-liner. … In addition to the ballroom dances (tangos, foxtrots, Bostons) that helped him earn a living, he had mastered the art of verbal pyrotechnics and sketching melancholy landscapes with his silences.”

The tango is one of Max’s specialties, and although Armando is about to write one, he seems to not be much of a dancer. One evening, Max approaches the couple after dinner and invites Mecha onto the dance floor. Armando “carefully straightened the crease in his trousers, and peered at his wife through a cloud of cigarette smoke. ‘I’m tired,” he said in a lighthearted manner. ‘I think I ate too much at dinner. I’d like to watch you dance. … Enjoy yourself. … This young man is a magnificent dancer.’”

Throughout the rest of the cruise, Armando pumps Max for information about the history of the tango — not the watered-down version in vogue now, but that which Max says was born of “Andalusian tango, Cuban habanera, Argentine milonga and black slave dances. … Those early tangos were openly lewd, with couples bringing their bodies together, entwining their legs and thrusting with their hips …”

When Armando asks if it’s still danced that way in some places, Max says, “On the fringes, though it’s increasingly rare. Depending on where it’s played, almost no one dances to it. It’s more difficult. Cruder.”

Instead of being repulsed, the high-society couple immediately begs Max to take them to the slums of Buenos Aires to see old-school tango. Despite his misgivings, Max agrees to escort them into a dangerous area for an evening that they (and readers) won’t soon forget. He has his own agenda, of course. Yes, he relishes the softness of Mecha’s skin when he dances with her, but he’s also entranced by her pearls, whose “exceptional quality glowed faintly in the light of the electric chandeliers.”

He enjoys her scent, “a perfume he couldn’t quite identify … possibly Arpège,” but he also knows there’s information and opportunity to be found in “tiepins, fobs, cigarette cases and rings … the quality and cut of a jacket, the pleat of a trouser leg or the shine on a pair of shoes.” A con and thief he may be, but he’s not alone. Users come from all walks of life, and by the end of the book, readers will wonder just who has conned whom.

Arturo Pérez-Reverte was a journalist and war correspondent for two decades before turning to fiction. He wrote The Club Dumas, The Queen of the South and The Siege, the novel that won the International Dagger Award. His attention to history and detail is immaculate, his observation of people and the human psyche keen. His characters have depth and nuance. You’ll get to know them well, but it’s going to take awhile. The story spans several decades and is told over 464 pages, the story of Max and Mecha in the 1960s woven against the backdrop of their past.

Sure, there are a few missteps; the story opens from Armando’s point of view, and then immediately shifts to Max’s for the rest of the book, making the beginning feel disjointed. There’s the occasional cliché — “legs that seemed to go on forever beneath her dark taffeta dress” — and the occasional annoyance of a repeated adjective — “astonishing” comes to mind.

But the tango — both the genteel, modern one and the older, lewder one — is such a great device around which to build a story, and such an apt metaphor for the intrigue and romance at the heart of this book that readers will forgive any missteps and instead delight in the journey.

Beatriz Terrazas is a Dallas-area writer and photographer.

What We Become

http://www.dallasnews.com/lifestyles/books/20160617-fiction-what-we-become-by-arturo-perez-reverte.ece

Fechas de la gira EL PINTOR DE BATALLAS en teatros

FECHAS:

7- 9 de octubre: Teatro Calderón (Valladolid)
26 de noviembre: Teatro Romea (Murcia)
3 de diciembre, 20.30h: Teatro Bretón (Logroño)